Library Referendum

About the Library Referendum

Palatine Public Library District Board of Trustees has voted to place a referendum on the ballot on April 2, 2019. This referendum asks voters to approve a limiting rate increase on the Library’s property tax levy of 0.075%. This amount will provide for all of the Library’s financial needs through 2035. The Library’s limiting rate would go from 0.276% in 2017 to 0.351% in 2019. For a median value home in our Library District, the estimated increase in annual taxes is $52.

In the 44 years since the Library became a District, the Board has never asked for an operating rate increase.

Graphic Showing Estimated Impact of Property Tax Increase by Home Value

Most up-to-date information as of 2/11/19.

Why We Need Your Help

The Main Library building is 25 years old and the facility systems are aging past their life expectancy. To address the facility issues, the Library needs over $5.8 million in the next six years. Although the Library has nearly $1 million in capital reserves, this amount would not cover all the costs and keep the doors open at the same time.

Most urgent capital project needs:

  • significant portion of roof needs replacement
  • updates to failing HVAC system
  • upgrades to energy-efficient lighting

You’ve Asked for MORE

You told us you love our customer service, diverse materials, and engaging programs, and you said you want MORE!


The Library will be able to offer:

  • MORE preparedness to maintain our facilities and remain good stewards of taxpayer dollars
  • MORE service hours for your convenience
  • MORE collaborative spaces and study rooms to accommodate students, entrepreneurs, and groups
  • MORE investments in new technology and bandwidth to keep up with advances in technology
  • MORE collaboration and partnerships with schools, businesses, and local organizations to serve our diverse community
  • MORE new books, movies, music, downloadable content, games, and resources


In order to address $5.8 million in capital improvements, the Library will be forced to cut services:

  • REDUCE hours and days of service at Main Library and Branches
  • SHRINK budget for purchase of new materials available for check-out, resulting in longer wait times
  • LIMIT state-of-the art software and equipment purchases, thereby failing to meet the demands of growing technology
  • DECREASE partnerships and outreach programs that impact school students and underserved populations

How We Compare

Graph Showing Area Library Revenues Per Person


Community Forums

Essential to the Community

99.9% of survey respondents from our Community Survey in 2016 agreed that the Library is essential to the community!

By the Numbers – Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Inforgraphic showing Library statistics from 2017 to 2018